The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on education, advocacy, and membership strategies to benefit members of both organizations. Informatics has become an increasingly relevant component for the future of pathology and laboratory medicine. This strategic alliance enables each organization to gain from one another’s areas of expertise.
Education is at the forefront of this alliance. API will hold its fall Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2013 ASCP Annual Meeting, Sept. 18-21, in Chicago. Participants from both organizations can select 19 hours of education in informatics delivered by API faculty experts. In addition, API will continue to hold its regular “Pathology Informatics” conference May 13–16 in Pittsburgh.
For all API members, ASCP is extending a complimentary membership effective from May 1 to Dec. 31. Through this membership, API members can take first-rate online courses at no charge to earn up to seven continuing medical education credits. ASCP pathology residents will have access to API members who attend and teach at the ASCP Annual Meetings and can learn firsthand about how informatics will affect their futures and the future of the profession. Membership in API is free for residents. Residents interested in informatics research who lack opportunities at their own institution can now take advantage of the API’s Research Matching Program, which pairs interested residents with mentors, with research conducted remotely. Read more about ASCP and API.